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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 15, 2014

Spread the word -- they're on top of the World.

Mega hits call for megaphones.

DEBUTS
40. The Madden Brothers – We Are Done
39. Train – Angel In Blue Jeans
38. Charli XCX – Boom Clap | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
34. Jess Glynne – Right Here (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
27. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (32)
25. American Authors – Believer (30)
15. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (20)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Andy Grammer – Back Home (11) | PEAK: #10
09. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (08) | PEAK: #08
08. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Foster The People – Best Friend (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Sing (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Already Home (01) | PEAK: #01 for six weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. George Ezra – Budapest (1)
2. Kiesza – Hideaway (2)
3. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (8)
4. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (4)
5. Jason Mraz – Love Someone (5)
6. Hudson Taylor – Battles (3)
7. Emerson Hart – Hurricane (9)
8. Jacquie Lee – Broken Ones (6)
9. Lady Antebellum – Bartender (7)
10. The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato – Somebody To You (-)

In The Mix:
Alex Clare – War Rages On
Betty Who – Somebody Loves You (new)
Birdy – Tee Shirt (new)
Colbie Caillat – Try
Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep
Grouplove – I’m With You
Janelle Monáe – Heroes
John Mayer – XO
Kaiser Chiefs – Meanwhile Up In Heaven
Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky
La Roux – Uptight Downtown
Leon Else – River Full Of Liquor (new)
Marc Broussard – Hurricane Heart
Matt Nathanson featuring Lolo – Headphones (new)
Neon Trees – Text Me In The Morning
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul

Chart Notes:

  • Up from 40-34, Jess Glynne takes this week’s Biggest Mover with “Right Here”, out in the U.K. next month. The song was produced by duo Gorgon City; their new release, “Here For You”, looks to be a top seller over there as it debuts this week. Glynne also appears on this week’s #4 song, “Rather Be”, with the act Clean Bandit. You can see that song performed live on the TODAY Show on Thursday, the 19th.
  • This week’s Highest Debut is already a top ten sales hit on iTunes thanks to the popular soundtrack from the movie The Fault In Our Stars. Charli XCX goes for a fancy frolic into the countdown at #38 with “Boom Clap”, her first song to reach my top 40. The 22-year-old performer is originally from the town of Stevenage, England and should be out with a new studio album later this year.
  • Racking up their 18th single to enter my chart, the shrinking Train, now down to a duo, debuts at #39 with “Angel In Blue Jeans”. It’s the first single from their forthcoming album Bulletproof Picasso, released on September 16. By the way, the first top 40 hit about blue jeans goes way back to 1962, when Jimmy Clanton rose to #7 on the Hot 100 that September with “Venus In Blue Jeans”.
  • Lastly, at #40, is a debut from The Madden Brothers titled “We Are Done”. Benji and Joel previously charted as two members of Good Charlotte, best known for “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”, which spent four weeks at #1 on my chart in 2003. The duo’s first album on their own, Greetings From California…, hits stores on October 7.

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The Vault In Our Stars: Radio Flips For The Feels

Between the book, the movie and the music, The Fault In Our Stars is one of the hottest things to shine in the national spotlight this year. Unsurprisingly, hardcover and paperbook versions of the 2012 novel soared back into the top ten on several leading sites as the film just opened to a $48 million weekend at the box office. (That total now stands at $66 million domestically.) A soundtrack, released on Atlantic Records several weeks before the picture hit, debuted in the top ten and is now looking at a solid jump into the top 5 on next week’s Billboard 200 as it passes 100,000 copies sold.

If you need a cure for the feels, I’m afraid it’s not coming anytime soon as these tunes invade your local station playlists. All I can say is to have a tissue at the ready, you might need it. Here’s all you need to know about where you can find the stars and their vault on our charts:

Birdy

BIRDY – “Tee Shirt”
Format: Hot AC radio

One cut on a major motion picture soundtrack is pretty exciting for anyone, but having three songs break the tracklisting is absolutely outstanding. At only 18 years old, it’s a huge achievement for this singer, who also saw her album Fire Within debut in the top 30 on the Billboard 200 chart recently. Thus far, “Not About Angels” is the biggest of them when strictly looking at purchases, but its “Shirt” that’s been selected as a single and was formally serviced late this week. With a bright and light arrangement, it seemingly has more potential than “Skinny Love”, a Gold single despite two failed radio pushes.

Charli XCX

CHARLI XCX – “Boom Clap”
Format: CHR radio / Adds Date: June 17

2014 has been a wonderful year for this English singer: she’s on the hook and middle 8 of the #1 song in the U.S., “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, and now she’s all over the top ten on iTunes with this great song. Capturing a musical blend of artists like Aimee Mann and Sophie B. Hawkins, “Boom” recently debuted at #62 on the Hot 100 and will likely enter the top 40 within the next few weeks or so. With so much attention pointed her way, there’s no doubt that this single will continue to sell the soundtrack through the summer and prepare her for an even bigger audience for a new studio album, due this fall.

Ed Sheeran

ED SHEERAN – “All Of The Stars”
Format: Hot AC radio (?)

With a new album out on June 23 and several digital singles making it onto iTunes in the next few days, “Stars” likely won’t see a formal radio release. However, it is worth noting that SiriusXM’s The Pulse has spun the song several times in the last few days. (The station currently doesn’t have “Sing” in rotation as its too poppy for their overall feel.) It was one of the top sellers from the set until it became an exclusive when you purchase the full album, but with millions of views on YouTube and millions more people hearing it as the ending theme of the film in theaters, there’s definitely still a strong appeal for it.

Kodaline

KODALINE – “All I Want”
Format: AAA and Hot AC radio

From their RCA Records release In A Perfect World, “Want” has been at radio for some time now after the band played on an episode of American Idol this past spring. However, its inclusion on this multi-act album has boosted its sales back into the 100’s on iTunes as the single maintains its snail’s pace gains inside the Hot AC top 40. Not so perfect, huh? Couple that with the fact that its the five minute album version on here (rather than the radio edit just under four minutes) and you’re going to find that this might dive off the radar in a few weeks. No one said the luck of the Irish comes through every time.

Of course, there are plenty of other songs in the collection that haven’t been mentioned in this post. Is there one you think is worthy of being a single down the line should the set’s brisk sales continue? You can let me know what you think about these records on the range by commenting below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 10)

Are we in for a Whiteout at #1?

Are we in for a Whiteout at #1?

In this second week of June, we have a number of acts who are rocking away with the release schedule, though some are quite softer than others. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of June 10:

  • Jack White recently scored his latest top ten on the Alternative chart with the title track from Lazaretto, which is out in stores this week. It’s his second solo outing after 2012’s Blunderbuss, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was eventually certified Gold. This should make him two for two. (iTunes)
  • Already charting well in several European territories, the new album from singer/songwriter Passenger is now out, titled Whispers. The international single from the effort is “Heart’s On Fire”, while “Scare Away The Dark” leads the set in North America. Look for it to garner some solid numbers next week. (iTunes) (Read my review of Whispers)
  • Spreading some “Peace” on the AAA and Hot AC surveys, the Maryland band O.A.R. release their latest album, The Rockville LP, which is the act’s first for Vanguard Records. Their last two albums managed top 20 peaks, but this one could be a little bit lower given the single’s lukewarm response so far. (iTunes)
  • After decades of hit albums with The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is striking with her own effort called Stockholm. A single from it, “Dark Sunglasses”, is currently doing moderately well at AAA radio. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Colbie Caillat‘s Gypsy Heart (EP) (iTunes), First Aid Kit‘s Stay Gold (iTunes), Hellyeah‘s Blood For Blood (iTunes), Say Anything‘s Hebrews (iTunes), The Whos Quadrophenia – Live In London (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to Bullets Over Broadway (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Back To The Earth”, another album track from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming Yes! album. (iTunes)
  • “Brooklyn Baby”, a digital track from Lana Del Rey. (iTunes)
  • “Final Masquerade”, the latest digital single from Linkin Park. (iTunes)
  • “Hangover”, a collaboration between PSY and Snoop Dogg. (iTunes)
  • “This Is How We Roll”, a remix of Florida Georgia Line‘s recent Country hit with Jason Derulo. (iTunes)

Lana Del Rey, Linkin Park and Sam Smith lead a huge pack of releases for next week, but which will claw its way to the top of the charts? A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 8, 2014

Spread the word -- they're on top of the World.

Spread the word — they’re on top of the World.

DEBUTS
40. Jess Glynne – Right Here
39. Us The Duo – No Matter Where You Are | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
33. Young Rising Sons – High (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
30. American Authors – Believer (35)
22. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (28)
09. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (14)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (08) | PEAK: #01 for one week
09. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (14) | PEAK: #09
08. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (10) | PEAK: #08
07. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (07) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Best Friend (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Ed Sheeran – Sing (03) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Already Home (01) | PEAK: #01 for five weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. George Ezra – Budapest (4)
2. Kiesza – Hideaway (2)
3. Hudson Taylor – Battles (3)
4. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (6)
5. Jason Mraz – Love Someone (7)
6. Jacquie Lee – Broken Ones (9)
7. Lady Antebellum – Bartender (8)
8. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (-)
9. Emerson Hart – Hurricane (-)
10. The Madden Brothers – We Are Done (-)

In The Mix:
Alex Clare – War Rages On
Charli XCX – Boom Clap (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – Extraordinary
Colbie Caillat – Try
Ferreck Dawn & Redondo – Love Too Deep (new)
Grouplove – I’m With You (new)
James Blunt – Postcards
Janelle Monáe – Heroes
John Mayer – XO
Kaiser Chiefs – Meanwhile Up In Heaven (new)
Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky
La Roux – Uptight Downtown
Marc Broussard – Hurricane Heart
Neon Trees – Text Me In The Morning
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato – Somebody To You (new)
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul

Chart Notes:

  • A Great Big World continue their hold at the chart’s summit with “Already Home”, now in its fifth frame there. It’s taken from their first-length album, Is There Anybody Out There?,  which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. “Home” is the longest-running #1 song by a duo (outside of a duet between two solo performers) on my chart since 2003, when the brother-sister act Boomkat spent six weeks at the top with “The Wreckoning”.
  • Advancing from 14-9, “A Sky Full Of Stars” becomes the tenth top ten hit on my list for Coldplay and the second to reach the region from their recent #1 album Ghost Stories. Of those ten, five have reached the top, including “Magic” from earlier this year. Can “Sky” become their sixth song to pull off the trick? Stay tuned!
  • The week’s Biggest Mover is from the New Jersey quartet Young Rising Sons; last week, they debuted at #40, and now they’re up seven to #33 with “High”. The song is a top 5 airplay hit on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation and also featured in an advertisement for NBC’s summer programming. Only one other single simply titled “High” went for a climb up my chart. That song, a totally different composition by James Blunt, peaked at #3 in 2006.
  • They made a name for themselves on Vine (and YouTube) and now the married duo who call their act Us The Duo lands this week’s Highest Debut at #39 with “No Matter Where You Are”. It goes to Hot AC radio later this month. It’s also the title track from their second album, available now digitally and due for a physical release on June 16.
  • Also debuting this week is a solo cut from Jess Glynne, who currently ranks in the top five as a featured vocalist on Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”. Now out on her own, she enters with “Right Here” at #40. It’s released in the U.K. on July 13 and is expected to be another big hit for the 24-year-old singer from London.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Passenger – Whispers

Oh, darling, my chart's on fire.

Oh, darling, my chart’s on fire.

From busking on the streets to paving those streets with Gold and Platinum certifications, the 30-year-old performer known as Passenger is certainly more well known now than he was even a year ago. Born in Brighton, England, he’s been captivating audiences around the globe with his international smash “Let Her Go”, along with other moderately sized singles like “Holes” and “The Wrong Direction”. All three topped my personal chart last year, with “Go” ranking as my overall #1 song of 2013. This coming Tuesday, the singer/songwriter delivers his followup to 2012’s All The Little Lights, titled Whispers, into stores, and while a stream of followup singles have yet to escape the shadow of his career defining ballad, it’s one of the best things I could have asked for this year. It’s simple yet heavy, familiar yet refreshing.

Now, I am obviously not a casual fan of Passenger; I’ve been following his progress for a little under a year and a half now, have seen him live and met him, bought his music on multiple formats, etc. I’m a little biased. However, there is something on here for everybody, whether you’re a fan of his bare bones ballads or would like to see a more upbeat side to him. In fact, there are some rather content moments on here in the middle of all the introspective material. It’s what he knows best and he stays true to who he is with a slightly more produced sound and wider instrumental backing. Put it all together and you have one of the purest records of 2014, one that will be ranking highly on my year-end list.

Beginning with the percussive-driven “Coins In A Fountain”, we are immediately immersed in that natural vibe as Mike Rosenberg sings about a shifting view of romance: “Love is the last unicorn, love is the only song I’ll sing all night… love is the truest of words.” However, that tranquility turns into a much more passive aggressive attitude during “27”, a folk rock cut about life in the business and his status in it. The song comes off as an homage to 70’s singles like Billy Joel‘s “The Entertainer” and The Raspberries‘s “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)”. The singer claims, “I write songs that come from the heart/I don’t give a f**k if they’re gettin’ to the charts or not,” and “I’ve written 600 songs, only 12 get sung,” referring to compiling the tracklisting for an album. You could liken it to an “I Hate” moment; it’s out there.

Highlights toward the middle of the effort include “Bullets”, which essentially comes off as a twangier version of “Holes” and serves some major harmonica action. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this as a single down the line. When it comes to his tender, heart-wrenching songs, “Golden Leaves” is the loveliest of the bunch, an emotional string-filled story about a breakup and the inevitable longing that arises with it. He questions, “Do you remember how this started out?/So full of hope, but now we’re filled with doubt/I can’t live with you, but I’d die without.” (“Heart’s On Fire”, which arrives earlier in the lineup, is the more hopeful cousin to this track.) “Thunder”, following “Leaves”, is an upbeat and soaring number, bringing out the horn section as Rosenberg The Riddler offers up his words of wisdom: “I’m a choice you can’t choose… I’m yesterday’s paper, I’m yesterday’s news.” Luckily, the man and his compositions aren’t totally forgotten.

Towards the end of the set, we find the two best songs lyrically in the group. Track seven, “Rolling Stone”, no relation to the magazine, recounts Passenger‘s days as the wanderer he is when traveling the globe and pursuing his dream, yet also what he is leaving behind. In the first verse, he speaks: “Sometimes I feel I’m going nowhere/Sometimes I’m sure I never will/She said it’s ’cause I’m always moving/I never noticed ’cause I never stand still.” It’s a pretty poignant take on the matter and obviously, you can’t help but sympathize with the guy. He’s obviously not used to the stardom that he’s attained. “Riding To New York” is also worth it, a first hand account from the road of Rosenberg’s interaction with a man at a gas station while on tour in Minnesota. The subject, who is ill, relays to the singer that he’d like to “see my granddaughter one last time/Hold her close, and feel her tiny heartbeat next to mine/Want to see my son, and the man he’s become/Tell him I’m sorry for the things I’ve done.” It’s truly heartbreaking but so inspired.

There’s no doubt that Whispers won’t be as commercially successful as his last era; the lead U.S. single from the album, “Scare Away The Dark”, seems to be scaring more than satisfying radio programmers as it flirts with the top 30 on AAA radio and top 50 at Hot AC. These are obviously meager numbers compared to the massive “Let Her Go”. Yet, in terms of content overall, this is probably his best album. The variety is abundant and the songwriting is even more concrete than the last time around. For me, at least, it’s the quality release that makes the fan feel complete without giving into a more polished commercial standard. That’s how it could have gone; thankfully, it does not. At times it whispers and at times it roars, but it relates to us, and any kind of voice is better than no voice at all.

(Stream and purchase Whispers on iTunes)

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 3)

Will she be an "Automatic" #1?

Will she be an “Automatic” #1?

June so soon? Hard to believe, but a new month is here, which means the end of Q2 is just a few weeks away. Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of June 3:

  • If there’s no significant surprise release this week (see full article here), then #1 next week should belong to Country singer Miranda Lambert, who has gone Platinum with her latest release (at least in the title.) The lead single from the effort is “Automatic”, a current top 3 single on the Country survey, while a collaboration with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”, is also raking in the spins. Regardless of where it lands, this one will be a hot seller. (iTunes)
  • The legendary Led Zeppelin has a total of three deluxe rereleases out today of their their first three albums: Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III. There are several configurations available, including individual downloads, CDs and vinyl records, as well as CD and vinyl box sets. The band will be all over the Billboard 200 next week. (iTunes) (Physical editions)
  • Rapper 50 Cent, a long ways away from the days of hit singles and albums, is out with his last effort, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win. A single from it, a collaboration with Trey Songz called “Smoke”, reached the top 20 at Urban radio. Yeah, this one’s not really going anywhere, and that makes dollars and sense. (iTunes)
  • TV star turned Country singer Lucy Hale releases her debut album this week, Road Between. “You Sound Good To Me”, the leadoff single from it, recently reached the Country chart. Though radio and retail haven’t put up big numbers for it, her fan base could lead the way in making this a first week success. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Birdy‘s Fire Within (iTunes), Bob Mould‘s Beauty & Ruin (iTunes), Dave and Phil Alvin‘s Common Ground (iTunes), Kelly Prices Sing Pray Love, Vol. 1: Sing (iTunes), L.P.‘s Forever For Now (iTunes), Matisyahu‘s Akeda (iTunes), Rush Of Fools‘s Carry Us Now (iTunes), The Orwells‘s Disgraceland (iTunes), the compilation NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 7 (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to If/Then (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Beautiful Agony”, a digital track from singer/songwriter David Gray. (iTunes)
  • “Day Drinking”, a new single from Country quartet Little Big Town. (iTunes)
  • “Hurricane Heart”, new from Louisiana soul and rock singer Marc Broussard. (iTunes)
  • “Long Drive”, another album track from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming Yes! album. (iTunes)
  • “Stay With Me (Remix)”, a new duet of Sam Smith‘s hit featuring singer Mary J. Blige. (iTunes)
  • “Wastelands”, a digital single from Linkin Park‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)

Next week, Jack White leads the pack of fresh releases and looks to take the top, while O.A.R. and Passenger also take a ride into stores. A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: June 1, 2014

"Something" more than the hit single.

Just hold on, we’re going “Home”.

DEBUTS
40. Young Rising Sons – High
39. Jesse McCartney – Superbad | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. American Authors – Believer (39)
34. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (38)
28. Jamie Scott – My Hurricane (35) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Christina Perri – Burning Gold (28)
22. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good (26)
14. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. SecondCity – I Wanna Feel (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Coldplay – Magic (07) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
08. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better (06) | PEAK: #01 for one week
07. Graffiti6 – The Bridge (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Foster The People – Best Friend (08) | PEAK: #06
05. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – Rather Be (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark (04) | PEAK: #04
03. Ed Sheeran – Sing (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart (02) | PEAK: #02
01. A Great Big World – Already Home (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Us The Duo – No Matter Where You Are (5)
2. Kiesza – Hideaway (4)
3. Hudson Taylor – Battles (3)
4. George Ezra – Budapest (6)
5. Saint Raymond – Everything She Wants (2)
6. Stu Larsen – Thirteen Sad Farewells (8)
7. Jason Mraz – Love Someone (-)
8. Lady Antebellum – Bartender (9)
9. Jacquie Lee – Broken Ones (10)
10. Jess Glynne – Right Here (-)

In The Mix:
Alex Clare – War Rages On (new)
Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass – Extraordinary
Colbie Caillat – Try
Emerson Hart – Hurricane (new)
James Blunt – Postcards
Janelle Monáe – Heroes
John Mayer – XO (new)
Kim Churchill – Window To The Sky (new)
La Roux – Uptight Downtown (new)
Marc Broussard – Hurricane Heart
Neon Trees – Text Me In The Morning (new)
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Sara Bareilles – Chasing The Sun
Sarah McLachlan – In Your Shoes
The Griswolds – Beware The Dog (new)
Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Looking to hold the top spot in the U.K. this week after a midweek report put him at #1, the Chicago DJ based in London named SecondCity jumps 13-10 on my chart this week with “I Wanna Feel”. It’s his first entry. The song is a flip of Toni Braxton‘s 1995 hit “You’re Makin’ Me High”. Though Braxton’s most successful days came before my chart began in 1999, she had a top ten hit of her own when “He Wasn’t Man Enough” peaked there in 2000.
  • The week’s Biggest Mover is from a familiar name, Jamie Scott with “My Hurricane”. In its second week in the top 40, “My” rises from 35-28. It leads off the album of the same name, due in stores on September 9. Scott also sings lead on “The Bridge” by his duo Graffiti6, up to #7 this week, while he co-wrote the #16 song, “You & I” by One Direction. That’s one hurricane full of hits!
  • He first made my chart as a part of the group Dream Street when “It Happens Every Time” charted for two weeks in 2001. Now, a 27-year-old Jesse McCartney earns this week Highest Debut with a solo number, “Superbad”, in at #39. His latest album, In Technicolor, is due in July. McCartney’s song officially goes to radio in a week and a half at the CHR format via label Eight0Eight and the INgrooves Music Group.
  • Also debuting in the top 40 is a group that’s gaining a lot of attention online and on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. They’re a quartet who call themselves Young Rising Sons, entering at #40 with “High”. They’re the latest act to work with Dirty Canvas Productions, the same group behind the rise of American Authors. Terrestrial radio will eventually catch onto this one over the summer and fall; it’s catchy and ready to break ahead of the pack.

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